LONDON (Oct. 30)
Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban bitterly assailed Britain’s position during the recent Middle East war and declared here last night that there is no prospect for better relations between Israel and Britain in the near future. He delivered his attack during an interview on the BBC Panorama television program. Eban said the policies of both Britain and France had forfeited for them any future role in the Middle East.
Eban asserted that Israel now has no confidence in either country. Apart from the unfair embargo imposed on Israel by Britain during the hostilities, the UK government had advised the U.S. not to ship arms to Israel, Eban said. The nine Common Market countries made a constructive declaration in Copenhagen but Britain and France destroyed this cohesion, he noted, adding that the EEC nine had left it to the U.S. alone to come to Israel’s aid with arms supplies.